Deputy looking for cow hits it

A Minnesota sheriff’s deputy was out looking for a cow in the roadway near Mora, or 70 miles north of St. Paul, when he hit the cow with his squad car, Twincities.com reports.

Kanabec County Deputy Daniel Schulz was dispatched to a report of a cow in the road around 10 p.m. Feb. 28, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. Schulz struck the cow around 10:13 p.m.

“As the deputy was making a second pass through the area, the cow ran out of the ditch and the vehicle struck it,” Twincities.com reported the state patrol said.

KMSP-TV reports the squad car’s airbag deployed upon impact.

Kanabec County Sheriff Brian Smith told Twincities.com the car is likely totaled.

“I’d have to say this is the first time I’ve ever had them hit the animal they’re looking for,” Smith said in the Twincities.com report. “That’s why we go look for them. I’ve been to too many serious accidents and even fatalities caused by livestock on the road.”

Schulz was taken to a nearby hospital where he was treated for minor injuries, KMSP reports.

Twincities.com said the cow, which belonged to a farm nearby, was killed.